Barcelona’s Alves hits out at Real Madrid coach Mourinho
Barcelona defender claims Real Madrid coach is "always trying to take merit away from others"
Dani Alves has become the latest player to criticise Real Madrid coach José Mourinho – but the Barcelona defender insists he and his team-mates have learnt to take no notice of the Portuguese manager’s jibes.
Mourinho was recently quoted by Spanish media as having said that he had to scour the internet to learn where some of the teams Barcelona have been drawn with in the Champions League hail from.
The Real Madrid coach was supposedly referring to Viktoria Plzen – the Czech side Barcelona beat 2-0 on Wednesday – and BATE Borisov, the Belarusian team that Pep Guardiola’s men brushed aside 5-0 earlier in the season.
But Alves says the Spanish champions remain unperturbed by the former Chelsea manager’s seemingly unrelenting stream of headline-grabbing comments.
“We know what he is like. He is always trying to take merit away from others,” said Alves.
“We will just get on with our work and don’t want to get involved with any of that. We’re inferior in that respect and we like to do our talking where we do it best – on the pitch.”
“Journalists love it because it sells a lot of newspapers, but we are focused on performing on the pitch.”
Alves’s comments come after Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff launched a scathing attack on Mourinho, claiming that the Real Madrid coach should not be taken seriously.
“In every sport, you have to respect our team-mates, your opponents and rivals,” said Cruyff. “Honestly, no-one cares about what Mourinho says.”